Christ Church – New Hall, Chorleywood

  • Christ Church New Hall, Chorleywood

  • Christ Church New Hall, Chorleywood 3

  • Christ Church New Hall, Chorleywood 2

The demolition and construction of a contemporary and environmentally sustainable place of worship completed on time and within budget.


This design and build scheme involved the demolition of an existing church hall and the construction of a new three-storey place of worship. The new facility features a mix of materials including concrete, steel and timber which form the structure of the building with external brickwork. It also has a rainwater harvesting system, solar panels and a low-carbon, energy-efficient heating system.


  • Health and safety had to be tightly managed due to the project’s close proximity to the church’s junior school which shared access to the site. Works were stopped during school drop off and pick up times
  • Construction activities had to be carefully scheduled around school classroom activities to minimise disruption
  • The building is constructed on piled foundations directly adjacent to the church, which dates from 1870 and extends into the graveyard. This required an extremely sensitive approach from all team members and great care not to disturb anything in the ground or the church foundations


The church’s key project objective was delivery on time and within budget. The Beard team was able to successfully deliver this using the design and build process to significant construction cost savings. They were also able to recommend solutions that ensured project goals for the building were achieved within the available budget.

The team worked with staff and stakeholders at the church and the school to coordinate construction around busy school periods and sensitive church services. Weekly meetings kept everyone informed, ensuring that all parties could work around each other.

“Completing the project on time and within budget were clearly important factors for us. But we were also impressed by the attitude, trust and personal qualities the team brought to the project. It was particularly important to minimise disruption to the adjoining junior school – strong communication from the team and excellent coordination of activities meant there was never an issue.”

Christ Church PCC


Christ Church Parochial Church Council

Contract value

£1.2 million


JBKS Architects

Quantity surveyor

Chris Haire

Contract duration

9 months

Form of contract

JCT Design and Build 2005

Procurement Method

Design and Build

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